Cool AIR app for managing ASDoc offline

Two days ago I stumbled upon a rather cool AIR application for managing ASDoc documentation offline and I thought it might help others too. Because sometimes I end up in a place without Wi-Fi, I needed a simple way to make ASDoc references, like the BlackBerry® Tablet OS SDK for Adobe® AIR® API Reference, available offline.

I was happy to find that one solution is an AIR application called DOC?. You can download it from here. You can add as many ASDoc sources you wish, the app will download and index them locally.

And then you can select the “book” you want and navigate to your heart’s content between the pages:

Of course it is not perfect (I wish I could use it for any type of documentation not only ASDoc) and occasionally you may hit a bug (it seems that a big documentat takes a lot of time to index). But for me, it is just perfect! Big kudos to Jeroen Beckers and Michiel Vancoillie, the creators of this nice little app. And, at the same time, this application illustrates perfectly the power of AIR and Flex. Well done Jeroen and Michiel.

4 thoughts on “Cool AIR app for managing ASDoc offline

  1. Thanks for your review Mihai!

    Indexing the Flex docs does indeed take a long time. About a thousand pages need to be scanned and over 15 000 items need to be added to a database & .xml file.

    A few other formats are supported (like the one JSFL uses or the old AS2 docs) but it would be a humongous task to add php, java, css, etc.

    And if you have any other suggestions or if you found any bugs, feel free to let me know.

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  3. Guys, this is awesome. I’m using Adobe Help. Sometimes it is too slow for my taste, I assume your application with offline data could give have better performances.

    I recently discovered http://flex.paulsearch.co/, really cool search engine for Flex/AIR topics and articles.

    Cheers,
    Ivan

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